Bill Simmons, one of ESPN’s most popular and outspoken personalities, was suspended by the network for three weeks after he ripped into embattled NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and called him “a liar” during his weekly Grantland.com podcast with gambling pal Sal Iacono.
Goodell has been under increased media scrutiny since suspending Ray Rice for two games after the All-Pro running back was accused of beating his then-girlfriend, now-wife at an Atlantic City casino. After security footage of the brutal attack later emerged, outraging the public, the Baltimore Ravens released Rice and the NFL made his suspension indefinite. Goodell told CBS that the league had requested but never received the damning video, but that assertion is being challenged and seems unlikely to many journalists—including Simmons—who cover the NFL, an industry with an annual revenue of about $10 billion. READ FULL STORY